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"The act of writing could amount to a kind of revenge. But empathy, instead, is McBee’s objective, the most important part of becoming real in one’s own eyes. ‘Being human,’ he concludes, ‘means being at the mercy of others.’ That’s a part of aspiration, too. We are born human; with hard work, we achieve humanity."  Henry Giardina, New York Times

 

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Thomas Page McBee was the first trans man to ever box in Madison Square Garden. His Lambda award-winning memoir, MAN ALIVE: A TRUE STORY OF VIOLENCE, FORGIVENESS, AND BECOMING A MAN, was named a best book of 2014 by NPR Books, BuzzFeed, Kirkus, and Publisher's Weekly.

Thomas was the “masculinity expert” for VICE and has written the columns “Self-Made Man” for the Rumpus and “The American Man” for Pacific Standard. His essays and reportage have appeared in the New York Times, Playboy, Glamour, and Salon.

His new book, AMATEUR, is forthcoming from Scribner. Thomas is an editor and the head of growth at the global news site Quartz (Atlantic Media). He speaks about masculinity all over the country, and is a regular media commentator on gender issues. He lives in New York.